Milestones: Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory at 20 Years

For two decades, this family-owned funeral specialist has helped people to navigate the grieving process. Meet the driven leader and see how he fulfilled a dream while helping others.

The Rebirth of Rockford’s East Historic District

Remember when finding a parking spot or being seated in a downtown Rockford restaurant on a Friday night was never a problem? Thankfully, those days are gone. Tour the east part of downtown and see what’s new and what’s in the works.

CASE Hospital: A Regional Center for Specialty Pet Care

Reliable emergency and specialty care for man’s best friends isn’t far away. Discover how this suburban specialist has grown a practice that draws patients from a wide part of our region.

Riverview Ice House Turns 40

When businesses were abandoning downtown Rockford in the 1970s, city and park district leaders made a bold decision: build an indoor ice rink on the river. Guess what? It laid the groundwork for today’s renaissance.

Mike Williamson: The Music Man

He tried to make it in Vegas, but really, Rockford has always been home for this entertainer, whom you might recognize for his appearance on local stages and at area supper clubs.

Christie Battista Makes the Leap to Morning News

Growing up, she once dreamed of becoming a TV reporter. Flash forward a few years and she’s made a big splash in the Rockford area as part of 13WREX’s morning show.

Helpful Hints for Selecting a Fur Coat

A new fur coat is an investment that could be shared for generations. Before you buy a warm fur this winter, here are a few buying tips from the experts at York Furrier, in Elmhurst.

Nooks & Crannies, Holiday Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

Olsson Roofing Company Celebrates 100 Years

Started by a tradesman with a dream, this company has grown up to take on some of northern Illinois’ toughest roofing challenges. See how this company has built a name for itself.

Milestones: Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery at 10

A decade into their new venture, this Freeport-area couple has carved out a special niche in a territory beloved for its cold-weather winemaking skill. See how they did it, and how they continue to invent new ideas.